Definition of polished in English:

polished

adjective

  • 1Shiny as a result of being rubbed.

    ‘a polished mahogany table’
    • ‘Then to top it all off he had his shiny, polished black shoes.’
    • ‘The table was long as well and of nicely polished mahogany that shined so much it looked like a pool of dark water.’
    • ‘The sunlight glistened off the highly polished wooden table and chairs and the copper pots and pans.’
    • ‘The bath was enormous, shiny white and surrounded by a wide shelf of polished mahogany.’
    • ‘The smell of oiled leather and the cool, shiny surfaces of polished metal reminded me that I was going to a place farther away than anyone knew.’
    • ‘Live like each moment is shiny as a polished knife.’
    • ‘This balances the large polished mahogany table and antique chandelier.’
    • ‘She stepped onto its shiny, polished, wooden floor, and listened to the squeaking echoes of sneakers skidding across it.’
    • ‘Yesterday I had to sit through a long briefing on how all employees should have polished shiny shoes.’
    • ‘In the center of the room there was a little coffee table, polished to a brilliant shine, and a couch, with two large armchairs.’
    • ‘Almost spitting the words, Julia steps into the room and sets her purse down on a polished mahogany table.’
    • ‘The prince had been sitting at the polished mahogany table, practising his algebra after repeated reminders from his tutor.’
    • ‘This means a lot of hard work, but it's worth it when you get that extra shiny smooth polished rock you're looking for.’
    • ‘The locals are shaking their heads, looking at the funny city boys in Lycra shorts and goofy biking shoes trying to run around on the shiny polished linoleum floor.’
    • ‘The buttons on his jacket were well polished and very shiny.’
    • ‘His train conductor's hat was perched smartly at an angle and his shoes were polished to a shiny brown.’
    • ‘It was polished and shiny, and there was no trace of a scratch on it.’
    • ‘In the huge theme park, everything was manufactured - angular, flat surfaces, and shiny polished metal.’
    • ‘The counter had been wiped down, bleached, polished, and a shiny new cash register sat like an ornament on its surface.’
    • ‘A sigh echoed through the room as two legs perched upon the surface of the polished mahogany table, its base cluttered with piles of untouched papers.’
    shiny, shining, bright, glossy, gleaming, lustrous
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    1. 1.1 Accomplished and skilful.
      ‘his polished performance in the film’
      • ‘It is a polished film by an accomplished director, able to hold its own on the international stage.’
      • ‘He gives a very polished, professional performance with excellent comic timing to make the jokes appear impromptu and off the top of his head.’
      • ‘The film is polished, good-looking and accomplished, but still feels redundant.’
      • ‘In the heel of the reel he closed a 5/4 chance and easily justified favouritism with a polished staying performance.’
      • ‘Suspenseful music kicks in during combat to accompany the polished sound effects.’
      • ‘The show was excellent, with a polished performance from all the actors.’
      • ‘Their performances were polished, with superb harmonies and flawless production.’
      • ‘The restless camera, the energetic editing, the New York locations, the polished performances give an impression of something clever and different.’
      • ‘Expect a polished and accomplished performance from a man dedicated to his music.’
      • ‘He and his band had obviously spent a long time rehearsing, and the result was an immaculately arranged, perfectly executed and polished performance.’
      • ‘As if to mirror this discovery, Part Two is full of highly polished and accomplished writing, beautiful in ways unallowable in Part One.’
      • ‘Each work has an ethereal feel and rich harmonic texture that is magnified by a polished performance by the Westminster Cathedral choir under master of music Martin Baker.’
      • ‘In the sporting circus, even contrition is a polished performance’
      • ‘Time alone will tell whether this was simply a clever and polished performance or a genuinely new style of leadership.’
      • ‘It's a very worthy album: accomplished musicianship, polished songwriting and so on, but it does lack spark.’
      • ‘As I have already pointed out repeatedly, performances are polished and excellently recorded.’
      • ‘Each member is an accomplished and polished musician in their own right, yet together the sum of their parts captures and expresses a more rugged aesthetic.’
      • ‘The children are to be congratulated on their polished performances as are their teachers and proud parents who filled the pews to watch.’
      • ‘Not only was it a very polished, seamless performance, but the enjoyment on the actors/actresses faces showed just how much they were getting from the whole experience.’
      • ‘It may not have been the most polished performance for once, but it proved a hit with pupils and to be surrounded by happy voices must have been music to the Prime Minister's ears.’
      expert, accomplished, masterly, masterful, skilful, skilled, clever, proficient, adept, deft, adroit, dexterous, impeccable, flawless, faultless, perfect, consummate, exquisite, outstanding, excellent, superb, superlative, remarkable, first-rate, fine, talented, gifted
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    2. 1.2 Refined, sophisticated, or elegant.
      ‘he was polished and charming’
      • ‘This hardy perennial is interestingly accompanied by this polished Shiraz.’
      • ‘He talks in the polished, high-strung manner of an experienced politician.’
      • ‘The styles might not have looked very different from one another but they looked refined and polished.’
      • ‘It presented much of the same material but in a considerably more elegant and polished way.’
      • ‘A woman can never go wrong when she looks polished and sophisticated.’
      • ‘Really - because she's elegant and she's romantic and sophisticated and polished, and she loves fashion.’
      • ‘He was courteous, polished, respectful and kept an eye out for us, which was good, since he would be with us for the next three days.’
      • ‘As outside investment, knowledge and rigorous selection spreads through the region, the wines are becoming extremely polished and refined.’
      • ‘A deep red paint and several black and white photos adorned the walls, giving off a very polished and sophisticated feel.’
      • ‘The highly polished, refined and sophisticated villain of this film, enacted by him, brought accolades to Devan.’
      • ‘It was just a very sort of glamorous, sophisticated, polished thing.’
      • ‘His gray hair was neatly combed, making him look much polished and more refined for the committee.’
      • ‘Let us discuss and debate, but in a refined manner and polished language please!’
      • ‘His poetry is elegant, polished, and witty; as a critic he is one of the main theorists of Russian Romanticism.’
      • ‘He speaks in a polished, precise manner, but with a bouncy Trinidadian inflection rippling through, like pebbles tossed across a pond.’
      • ‘Leather and/or fur hats can look great on older men who want to keep warm while maintaining their refined, polished look.’
      • ‘Fall's slim coat has a retro feel that works well with the season's more refined and polished looks.’
      • ‘The polished sophistication of this essay on how to use compressed space is underlined by the architect's ingenious use of materials.’
      • ‘This is in stark contrast to the poetic elegance used to describe the Medieval town of Oxford or the polished sophistication of Singapore.’
      • ‘Monica glided onstage with her usual confidence and poise - ever polished, meticulously refined and supremely confident.’
      refined, cultivated, civilized, civil, well bred, polite, courteous, well mannered, genteel, decorous, proper, respectable, courtly, urbane, suave, sophisticated, seemly
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    3. 1.3 (of rice) having had the outer husk removed during milling.
      • ‘Han Asian Vodka is made from polished rice, select barley and spring water.’
      • ‘In the north of the country polished millet, jero, is served with taushe, a thick broth of meat, pumpkin, greens, red pepper, and peanuts.’
      • ‘The only carbs I restrict are those in refined sugars, white flour, polished rice/grains, and beer.’
      • ‘Jute was just another convenient natural material that could be made into large bags to store everything from dehusked coconuts to polished rice to fresh vegetables.’
      • ‘This looks like red rice. It's different to normal white polished rice, and it's capable of germination.’
      • ‘‘Processed and polished white rice loses most of its nutrition,’ she says.’

Pronunciation

polished

/ˈpɒlɪʃt/